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L. C. Greenwood
LC Greenwood USS Albany June 13, 2007.jpg
Greenwood in June 2007
Defensive End
Jersey #(s)
Born September 8, 1946 (1946-09-08) (age 63)
Canton, Mississippi
Career information
Year(s) 19691981
NFL Draft 1969 / Round: 10 / Pick: 238
College Arkansas AM&N
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 73.5
Games 170
Safeties 1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

L.C. Henderson Greenwood (born September 8, 1946 in Canton, Mississippi) is a former American football defensive end for the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers.


Pro Football career

Greenwood graduated from Arkansas AM&N,where he began a member of the Beta Theta Chapter Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity,Inc. in 1969 after being named a 1968 Ebony All-American for his play on the defensive line.

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 in the 10th round. In 1971, he became the starting left defensive end. One of the four members of Pittsburgh's famous Steel Curtain defensive line, he would remain there until retirement in 1981. Greenwood, who was 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 245 pounds, was a six-time Pro Bowl player and was named to NFL All-Pro teams in 1974 and 1975. He was named All-AFC five times. He also led the Steelers six times in sacks with a career total of 73½ (sacks were an unofficial stat at the time).[1] According to records kept by the Steelers, Greenwood's highest single-season sack total was 11, which he reached in 1974.[2] He further had 14 fumble recoveries in his career, including 5 in 1971, which tied for the NFL lead. Greenwood was one of the more quiet players on the Steelers defense. He had 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, and that speed allowed him to dominate his position.

His Super Bowl play was exceptional, too. In Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings, he batted down three passes from Fran Tarkenton. In Super Bowl X against the Dallas Cowboys, he sacked Roger Staubach four times. Greenwood played in all four of the Steelers Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. Unofficially, Greenwood had five sacks in the four Super Bowl appearances.

Besides his playing ability, Greenwood was known for wearing gold-colored shoes on the football field. (By today's NFL rules, Greenwood would be fined since it would not be in uniform with the rest of the team.) Greenwood was called “Hollywood Bags” because he claimed he kept his bags packed and ready so he could leave for Hollywood at a moment's notice.[3] He was a finalist in the 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame voting but did not get elected. He was again a finalist in 2006, but was not elected. Greenwood has stated that while he would be honored if he were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he would not be upset if he didn't make it in, feeling that the Steelers already in the Hall (in particular, "Mean Joe" Greene) represent the entire team's accomplishments.

In 1991, Greenwood was named to the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team and in 2007 he was named to the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time team.

After football

Greenwood is now the president of an electrical and plumbing supplies company. On July 20, 2006, at the regularly scheduled board meeting, L.C. Greenwood was nominated to the Pittsburgh Parking Authority Board.


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